Crimea Medal with clasp for Sebastopol officially impressed to Chas. Campbell, Boy 1 C
Charles Campbell was born in London on March 6, 1839. He entered the navy as a 16 year old in August 1855 intending to serve 10 years and was rated Boy 1st Class.
His service record indicates that he was discharged as a result of the repurchase of his bounty. Thus his time at sea was deliberately cut short.
Most Crimea medals were issued unnamed.The rule with respect to naming employed by the Admiralty followed that in place for the war office which was to send unnamed medals to be distributed in the Crimea and have the medals to be distributed at home, named.
The naming on Campbell's medal is IMPRESSED. This resulted from the Accountant General learning that 5 ships would have left the war zone before any of the bulk supplies of medals would arrive and arrangements were made for the medals to be named. Due to time constraints and estimates of arrival dates, Albion's medals were to be engraved by Hunt and Roskill and for the medals of the crews of NIGER, RODNEY, WASP and LONDON they were to be impressed by the Mint in advance of the ships' arrival to home ports.
WASP was the first of the 4 to arrive home, anchoring off Sheerness on 29 December 1855.
While serving on WASP he no doubt encountered Lieutenant Henry James Raby who won the VC while serving ashore in the Crimea. Raby later achieved the rank of Rear Admiral. He was the first person, ever, to receive the Victoria Cross at an Investiture on Hyde Park on 26th June 1857. It was presented by Her Majesty Queen Victoria. (Even though Mate Charles Davis LUCAS was the first person to be awarded the VC).
WASP was a 14 gun archer clasp sloop which served from 1850-1869 and was commanded by Captain Lord John Hay during the period Campbell served. Hay rose to become an Admiral of the Fleet in 1888. His medals were part of the Douglas- Morris collection sold at DNW in 1997.